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News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent a record $16.83 million last year and surpassed cable and telecom giant Comcast for the first time in lobbying the federal government, according to a new Consumer Watchdog report analyzing records filed by big tech and communications companies with the Clerk of the House. “They’ve been very concerned about privacy...
News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Record Amount Tops All Tech Companies for 2014 Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying last year, barely edging out Comcast's $16.8 million, in efforts to influence policy decisions, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House, according to the nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog. Google and Comcast...
News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Outspent the cable giant currently seeking approval for a merger Google’s influence is increasingly being felt in Washington, according to a corporate spending watchdog. The search giant spent $16.83 million on federal lobbying in 2014, according to public records analyzed by public interest nonprofit Consumer Watchdog — just a little...
News Story
1/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Google spent a record $16.83 million on lobbying to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2014, just beating out Comcast to be No. 1 in lobbying spending among the nation's 15 biggest tech and communications companies. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOGL) lobbying expenses in Washington, D.C., rose 20% year over year in 2014, according to...
News Story
11/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Barbara Lee, the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is vowing against a need to "change anything or shake anything up in a big way" in the department's management or programs in the short-term, prompting concern from advocates who have urged a major overhaul of DTSC to fix what they claim is a flawed...
News Release
11/20/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog urged Governor Brown today to rethink his appointment of Barbara Lee as the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) after remarks she made that there was no need to reform the deeply troubled agency. “At an all-staff DTSC meeting this week, Barbara Lee said that she was not...
News Story
10/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. this week agreed to one of the largest ever anti-kickback settlements in the U.S. But even a $350 million penalty isn’t enough to satisfy Jamie Court’s sense of justice. The president of Consumer Watchdog wants to hold accountable the kidney doctors who bought ownership stakes in DaVita dialysis clinics...
News Story
10/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Silicon Valley keeps playing the D.C. game. Tech and telecom giants including Google and Facebook spent millions on political lobbying in the three-month period from July to September, according to data released Tuesday. Google spent nearly $4 million on its efforts to win favor with lawmakers, up 17 percent over the same period last year (but...
News Story
10/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the final days of a battle over Proposition 45, California's insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for an "excessive" rate hike affecting 120,000 people with small-business health coverage. Dave Jones, the state's elected insurance commissioner, said Anthem had failed to justify its 10% average rate increase and...
News Release
10/22/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA— The Department of Insurance today declared Anthem Blue Cross’s 9.8% rate increase on small business “unreasonable,” but has no power to stop the hikes unless Proposition 45 passes. Proposition 45, which gives the elected insurance commissioner the power to reject excessive rates, is being opposed by $55...